Top Tracks Of The Week: March 25 - March 30
Our Top 100 updates every week with the newest and most-listened to tracks on HotNewHipHop. As of the charts closing this week, here's what perked up enough ears to land in the Top 10. 10) Kirko Bangz ft. Ty Dolla Sign - In Her Lane
Top Tracks of The Week: March 17 - March 24
Here it is, the once-a-week look at the tracks toward the top of our charts that you need to know about. Keep in mind that these tracks are culled from the very top of our Top 100 and, by their very nature, lean toward more popular artists. This week's selection finds recent cuts from Wale, Ludacris, Kirko Bangz, T-Pain and more. Be sure to tell us how you feel and post your own top tracks in the comments.
Wale Unveils "The Album About Nothing" Cover [Update: Second AND Third Cover Art Revealed]
Before Wale’s The Album About Nothing is made available for pre-order tomorrow on iTunes, the D.C. rapper decides to unveil the project's cover art. Designed by Sue Tsai, this is actually just the first (and most significant) of three album covers, according to Wale. He described the artwork as followed:
The Evolution Of Wale
Seven years ago, a rapper from Washington D.C. captured the nation's attention with a mixtape based on one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time. In just under two weeks, Wale will be releasing the long-awaited album companion to that Seinfeld-inspired Mixtape About Nothing, but the road he's traveled between '08 and 2015 isn't what you'd expect from his hipster-friendly, underground beginnings.
Top Tracks of the Week: February 24 - March 3
Here it is, the once-weekly look at the tracks toward the top of our charts that you need to know about. Keep in mind that these tracks are culled from the very top of our Top 100 and, by their very nature, lean toward more ppopular artists. We still think these tracks are worthy of your attention, but if you need a look at artists you may have missed, take a look at Underrated Audio.
Wale's New Single With Usher, "The Matrimony," Drops Tomorrow
Wale's fourth LP, The Album About Nothing hits stores on March 31st, so it's about time the rapper got the wheels rolling on a big single. Today, Folarin did just that, announcing "The Matrimony", an Usher-assisted record that will premiere Monday, March 2nd. As the title suggests, the single seems to have a wedding-centric theme, as the art depicts a diamond ring and a dollar sign in opposition. Naturally, it's got the cover is also Seinfeld-themed, which makes us hope there's an envelope joke tucked in there somewhere.
Wale Reveals Possible Release Date For "The Album About Nothing" [Update: Rick Ross Confirms Release Date]
After gifting fans his Festivus mixtape with A-Trak yesterday, Wale was on twitter responding and interacting with his fans. During his many retweets, he happened to reveal what is presumed to be the release date for the follow-up to Festivus: The Album About Nothing.
Retchy P Says He Wishes Wale Died Instead Of A$AP Yams, Wale & Fat Trel Respond
The death of A$AP Yams has shook up much of the hip-hop community, and of course those who had working and personal relationships with the Mob co-founder were even more in shock. Over the weekend there was a memorial service for Yams in New York, as well as a private one for close friends and family.
Wale Expresses Frustration Over Portrayal Of Black Women In Media
Wale has never been afraid to express how he feels, no matter what the subject is. While he's used his music, poems, message boards, and Twitter to express his thoughts on everything from wrestling and sneakers, to relationships, and discrimination based on skin color within the black community, the DC emcee has now taken to a blog to express himself.
Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
2014 is over and done with, and we the hip-hop community are moving onto greater endeavors. After an overall mediocre year for rap albums, 2015 is destined to be different. Hip-hop's biggest names are all scheduled to release albums this year, and the timing could not be more right. Today, who better than Rae Sremmurd to kick off the new year of releases with their debut album, Sremm Life. Only two weeks after that, the long-awaited debut album from Joey Bada$$ will hit stores nationwide (hence why they are not featured in this list).
Wale Speaks On "The Album About Nothing," Confirms J. Cole Feature
We recently had the chance to chop it up with Wale while he was back in the DMV area, and the MMG rapper spoke about his recent mixtape release and while he felt the need to offer fans free music, as well as the album that will follow the mixtape: The Album About Nothing.
Top Tracks of the Week: December 22-30
Welcome to the final Top Tracks of 2014. For the new readers, TTOTW is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go check out Underrated Audio.
Stream Wale & A-Trak's "Festivus" Mixtape
DC native, MMG emcee Wale releases his latest project, Festivus with assistance from A-Trak. The Seinfeld influenced project is a holdover for Wale's upcoming album, The Album About Nothing, which now has a scheduled release date of March 31st. Festivus includes features from Chance the Rapper, Ab-Soul, ASAP Ferg, Pusha T, and Fat Trel, among others. Production includes frequent Wale collaborators Tone P, and Best Kept Secret.
Pusha T Comes At Wale On Twitter Over "Festivus" Mixtape
As you may know, Wale got in the holiday spirit with A-Trak and recorded a new mixtape to precede his upcoming Album About Nothing, called Festivus.
Wale Announces "Festivus" Mixtape With A-Trak
Let the "Seinfeld"-themed Wale content keep coming! The rapper, who rose to fame with his Mixtape About Nothing, has spent this year prepping his Album About Nothing, listing his favorite "Seinfeld" episodes and drinking coffee with Jerry Seinfeld along the way. Now, he's announced another release inspired by the show.
Wale Announces "Simply Nothing Tour"
Shortly after Complex debuted their new magazine cover, which features one-time-enemy Wale and comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Wale has followed up with a press release announcing a new tour.
Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Cover Complex
Wale is currently prepping his new album, The Album About Nothing, in which Jerry Seinfeld has become heavily involved. Seinfeld, as you probably know, was the inspiration for Wale's acclaimed Mixtape About Nothing, so he's going back to his roots after The Gifted.
Wale Details Roc Nation Split
It's been just over a month since we reported that MMG rapper Wale was splitting ways with his management team at Jay Z's Roc Nation and moving to 77 North Management, the same team responsible for the management of LeBron James. Now, we finally have an explanation.
Samples Of The Week: September 11
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".